Joppa Hill Conservation Land
This property on the Bedford/Amherst border was acquired by the town after the residents approved funding in the March 2001 election. Of the 312 acres, approximately 120 acres located in Amherst were sold to the Town of Amherst. The remaining 190 acres are preserved under a conservation easement held by the Bedford Land Trust. Provisions in the conservation easement deed allow for an educational farm, two soccer fields and possible future use of a "municipal" zone.
Not only do the open fields of this conservation land serve as great habitat for wildlife, this property provides opportunities for residents to hike, snowshoe and enjoy the activities at the Educational Farm located there. The Amherst Conservation Commission constructed a trail loop through both the Amherst and Bedford sections of the Farm. It runs from Horace Greeley Road in Amherst to the Educational Farm in Bedford and loops through fields and forests and to a beautiful beaver pond. This loop also connects the northwestern part of the property to the Pulpit Rock Conservation Land in Bedford.
The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill is a non-profit working farm, with chickens, goats, alpacas, ducks, sheep and a 700-pound pig named China! There's no admission charge to visit the animals every day, 7 days a week, from 9-4. The trailhead is located at the end of the "alley" that runs between the animal pens.
Address: 174 Joppa Hill Road Bedford, NH
*Town owned *Public access allowed *190 acres (with an additional 120 acres in Amherst)
Parking: There is off-street parking at the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill
Passive recreation is allowed, such as hiking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing & bird watching. No motorized vehicles.
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